Being adults, most of us are busy spending most of our time working – to chase our dreams, to have a better career, basically, to live a better life.
Let’s admit it, working full time can be really stressful, but sometimes, you just don’t want to take a break for a number of different reasons: fear of having a huge amount of work piled in when you get back from a vacation, wanting to be promoted faster by being more productive, or simply just believing that you MUST work harder.
However, now, vacations aren’t just perceived as a relaxing, enjoyable time – multiple scientific studies actually reveal that taking a break or a vacation from work can have positive effects on your mental and physical well being.
- A study conducted by the National University of Singapore have discovered that “those who spent less than 20 percent of their time perusing the Internet’s silly offerings were 9 percent more productive than those who resist going online.” While using the internet for personal browsing may not count as a vacation, it is clear what the research has determined – taking a break from actually working can make the employee more productive.
- Additionally, according to the Framingham Heart Study conducted in 1992, “men who don’t take vacations were 30% more likely to have a heart attack and for women, it went up to 50%.” Easily said, vacations are good for the heart!
- Vacations can have a positive effect on the mental health as well, as per the study from the American Psychological Association in 2015, they have found out that vacations are effective into decreasing stress by removing individuals from the work and setting that they link with stress and anxiety. Since work can be really stressful, vacations really are a great idea if you want to take care of your mental health.